That little strip of color can often make a big difference. In this instance a dark green flange was inserted between the inner and outer borders. The quilt wouldn’t be nearly as nice without it, as the flange ties all the elements together.
A flange could go around blocks or anywhere that needs an accent or additional emphasis. Think of it as a narrow outline to create more distinction between design elements. A flange can also be used in areas that need a pop of a particular color to tie a quilt together.
The following quilt by Teresa from a Quilt and a Prayer has three flanges – on either side of the inner border and inside the binding. Learn more about why she chose the three flanges here.
You’ll find more examples of flanges, and another good tutorial, here at The Crafty Quilter.
Fortunately, a flange is not difficult to create. Susan from QuiltFabrication has written an excellent tutorial about how to make and install one. She includes instructions for altering the width to suit your project.